Chinese authorities on Saturday said allegation that Shi Yongxin, the current abbot of Shaolin Temple, was arrested for soliciting prostitutes was totally rumor.
The confirmation that disproved Shi’s alleged sex scandal from a statement by State Administration for Religious Affairs came after online reports about Shi since May.
“We seriously condemn the rumor since it was not only defamation of Shi himself, but also harmed the image of the famous shrine and even reputation of Chinese Buddhism,” the statement said.
The administration asked religous figures, Buddhism believers and the Internet users not to believe and spread the rumor, according to the statement.
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